Glenda Price: Snakes always provide stories

Glenda Price What were your mother’s parting words every time you left the house? Right. “Watch for snakes.” In August, we were told to be extra careful because the rattlers would be shedding their skins, their eyes would be covered for a few days, and since they couldn’t see they would strike at the sounds […]

Pain part of cowboy life

Baxter Black Joe Camacho is a cage fighter. Can you imagine his mother saying, as he goes off to fight the front line of the Oakland Raiders, “Be careful, Joey, and don’t get hurt.” I caught myself giving that same instruction to my son as he went off to his high school soccer game. As […]

My turn: Recipe fitting for one

Cooking for one and not a leftover fan? Check this out. My mother, Marianna, said her co-worker Denice talked about the meal she’d thrown together the night before. Mom tried the idea, tweaking ingredients to suit her taste. She says it turns out well and is easy to fix. You can try different seasonings or […]

Still blessed with memories of Granny Lowe

Her name was Anne Haseltine Langley Lowe. She was my great-grandmother. She had 11 children, the second born, Lillie Anne Lowe Farrar, being my grandmother. Her daughter, Gladys Rosalyn Farrar Foster was my mother. My Granny Lowe never missed a service in that little Baptist church in Clarendon, Texas. Her sweet spirit and love for […]

One size doesn’t fit all

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist For most of human history, it used to be standard practice for parents to insist their children live by principles the parents have found to be sound. They also insisted children adopt all sorts of practices of dress, play, work, taste and so forth that they approve. Father was a […]

My turn: Mother Nature unstoppable

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It’s been said nothing can stop a speeding train. Well I beg to differ. Mother nature not only stops a train in this week’s video selection, she blows one off the track . During a storm in January 2008, featuring 165 mph winds, a train was traveling through McHenry County, Ill., and unsuspectedly into the […]

Mother Nature has mind of her own

Years ago there was a commercial that said, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” followed by a catastrophe. Actually, fooling Mother Nature is a fool’s errand — it can’t be done. That’s why country people are inveterate weather watchers. I grew up in the drought times of the 1950s. When the earth was brown […]

Children need fathers in their lives

Freedom New Mexico Mother’s Day might get more attention, with more elaborate celebration. Fathers often downplay the event themselves, partly due to modesty and perhaps also because they have to pay for any celebration that is made. It’s a generally accepted truth, however, that children tend to show more affection toward their mothers than their […]

Challenge yourself to exceed

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist In his heartfelt eulogy for his mother, Jean Biden, Vice President Joe Biden quoted some words from her, very approvingly. These included the idea that “Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you.” Furthermore, in his autobiography the vice president recalls something else he learned from his mother: […]

Fundraiser for fireworks

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales residents Kaitlyn Robertson, 3, and her mother Michele Robertson are working to raise money for a fireworks display at the annual Smokin’ Fourth of July Bash. Along with other friends, the duo are putting together a lemonade stand and bake sale Saturday at Wal-Mart. Robertson, a Roosevelt County […]

Motherhood full-time profession

By Glenda Price: State columnist Every job has a euphemistic title these days. Betty Lou, a wife and mother, met a “business man” at a meeting. When he asked about her occupation she replied, “I’m an early childhood educator.” “That sounds really interesting,” he said. “Do you ever get called in on weekends?” Betty Lou […]

A redneck’s ode to his mother

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Like most rednecks, I tend to get a little sentimental on Mother’s Day. Why shouldn’t I get a little choked up, after all she set aside 18-odd years of her life to raise me. OK, check that, 51-odd years and counting. She’s apparently not finished yet. I figure the least […]

Mom’s love always enduring

The sacrificial love of mothers goes beyond all human understanding. She can be mistreated, ignored, rejected or taken for granted, yet she still loves her child. Mothers think their child is the prettiest, smartest and dearest in all the world. Mothers are like that. Who else but a mother is up all night rocking a […]

Mom set great example

By Wendel Sloan: PNT columnist My 92-year-old mother, Faye Sloan, will spend Mother’s Day in assisted living. My parents raised six kids, a granddaughter and three great-grandsons. (My father passed away in 1990.) With so many mouths to feed, money was scarce, but mother would have starved to death before letting us go hungry. The […]

Ticket feature: Comedy tour putting on Mother’s Day show

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Freedom New Mexico Friday night’s Small Town Comedy Tour show is expected to be a show to bring in Mother’s Day. Headliner Nikki Carr is billed as the “mother of all mothers,” said promoter Dwayne Robinson. Carr entered into comedy in an effort to get on TV after her children were kidnapped by their father […]

My turn: Appreciation for food started with mom

By Argen Duncan: Senior writer With Mother’s Day coming up, I want to tell you about my mom, one of my favorite cooks. Mom made meals I loved as a kid, and she never throttled me for complaining about dinners I didn’t like so much. Until dad took over much of the chef work, mom […]

Family inspired to dish out dinners

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Helping her mother move into a new house in Austin, Texas, during the summer reinforced a revelation J’mi Heflin had last year before Christmas. “We have too much stuff,” Heflin said. Her mother, JoBeth Broadhurst, agreed. Last year, the two used the money they would have spent on each […]

Braving Black Friday

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Three women in Clovis have donned variations of Santa hats early Black Friday for their traditional day of shopping for the past 10 years. Jennifer McKinney, her sister Carri Valverde and her mother Linda Jacquez wear the hats to take some stress out of the chaos on the first […]

Clovis league seeking memorial

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer CLOVIS — Brenda Depperman is working a softball memorial to honor her mother, Carol Depperman, who worked to start the Clovis women’s league years ago. Carol and few other women campaigned to get the softball league going back in the early 1970s in Clovis by talking to Guy Leeder […]

Local reaction to Jackson and Fawcett deaths

Two figures who definied a generation are gone within six hours of each other.The deaths Thursday of favorite “Angel” Farrah Fawcett and “King of Pop” Michael Jackson surprised and stunned us all.We asked some local folks to share their thoughts: Farrah Fawcett:1. Brandy Rains, stay-home mother in Portales, said: “She had a long hard fight. […]